Articles by Edan Lepucki

November 11, 2014

I Just Didn’t Like Her: Notes on Likeability in Fiction 25

Lately, I’ve been thinking: If I were a fictional character, would readers hate me?

September 24, 2014

Murder Goes to Prep School: A Conversation About Tana French’s The Secret Place 12

The girls in The Secret Place are very recognizably obnoxious teenagers — to the extent that I thought they were all idiots, and at one point or another I thought all of them capable of murder.

September 3, 2014

Building Buzz and Finding Readers: A Conversation with My Publicists 2

That’s part of the publicist’s job — to help communicate how each writer’s story and book is unique.

May 19, 2014

Don’t Ever Do It For the Money: A Conversation with My Agent 9

My failure to convince publishers of someone’s talent and commercial viability: that’s a sustained shitty feeling that comes with no billable hours.

May 5, 2014

Notes from the Purgatory File: An Interview with Leslie Jamison 4

If we see something as fully as possible, in all its flaws and troubles, we can pursue it and embrace it more fully as well — there aren’t secrets or dangers festering under the surface.

April 21, 2014

Best Coast: ZYZZYVA’s 100th Issue 0

It’s hard to think of a single mode in American literature and letters that at this point isn’t organic to the West Coast: you name it, there’s a writer here who has published a work about it.

April 9, 2014

Hug Your Darlings, Give the Moon the Finger: Writers On Delight 6

It’s miraculous that these little darlings didn’t get killed in the rewriting process.

March 26, 2014

Life is Too Short to Read a Bad Book: A Conversation with My Editor 11

After I sold my novel to Little, Brown, my editor Allie Sommer and I talked on the phone (for the second time ever). I said, “My parents are so proud of me!” and she said something like, “Mine are so proud of me!”

February 12, 2014

Plotted in Technicolor: On Mark Haskell Smith’s Raw 0

One particular image from Baked by Mark Haskell Smith persists in my memory. There is bondage involved. And testicle shaving. It was with this in mind that I began Smith’s new novel, Raw: A Love Story. I hoped to find that same ribald humor, not to mention a few delightful plot twists. I wasn’t disappointed.

February 7, 2014

Style Sheet: A Conversation with My Copyeditor 38

I think I’ve always read like a copyeditor, even way back before I knew what a copyeditor was. One of my favorite authors is Proust, and when I was young I would read some of his sentences over and over trying to make sure I understood how every word related to the other words and just to make sure I understood what he was saying.